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Pancreatic cancer types

Every pancreatic cancer patient is different. Our cancer experts have extensive experience in properly staging and diagnosing the disease, and developing a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific type of pancreatic cancer.

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Types of pancreatic cancer

There are two types of pancreatic cancer, that of the exocrine gland and that of the endocrine gland. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin in the exocrine (enzyme-producing) cells of the pancreas.

  • Exocrine tumors: Most tumors affecting the exocrine gland are called adenocarcinomas. This type of cancer forms in the pancreas ducts. Treatment for these tumors is based on stage of growth.
  • Endocrine tumors: These tumors are less common and are most often benign. Though rare, cancer stemming from a pancreatic endocrine tumor (PET) affects the hormone-producing cells. These tumors are also called islet cell tumors or neurendocrine tumors.

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